The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT - 860-347-4957 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 03:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:37:55 +0000
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Visual Artists Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:35:53 +0000 Van Eck Observatoy J Jones

“Van Eck Observatoy” by Jacqueline Jones


“Imagine” by Karen Stein

 Fred Carroll
Kazimiera “Kasia” Cihowlaz
Tracie Cheng
David Chorney
Maria Brower
JoJo Dupre
Jennifer Janos
Jacqueline Jones
Ali Lenehan
Sandra MacDermott
Nina McKitty
Ebony Milling
Jennifer Misseri
 Sheila Margaret Mullen
Greg Orfanos
Erik Person
 Kathy Parrish Peterson
Ross Powell
Bill Revill
Karen Stein
Cathy Valley
Andrew Wallach
Sevim Yolacti

bill revill

“Down by the sea” by Bill Revill

]]> 0 Great Make Believe Improv Show – Comedy fit for the family! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:04:33 +0000 Usually FIRST SUNDAYS at The Buttonwood Tree – it’s comedy and fun with the GMBS Improv troupe! Don’t miss your chance to join in!

Watch The Great Make Believe Society perform different kinds of improv comedy! See the styles of improv comedy made popular in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York! Watch improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions!

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Artists for World Peace: The Flying Particles Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:55:45 +0000  Composers/performers Robert Nasta, Kevin O’Neil, and Michael Pestel will present an evening of adventurous, spirited musical conversations between three seasoned contemporary improvisers.  Coming together under the banner of “The Flying Particles.” they will also be celebrating the release of their new CD.
Performers: Robert Nasta: koto, modified koto, found objects; Kevin O’Neil; electric guitar; Michael Pestel: woodwinds and whatnots
Flying Particles. Robert Nasta
Percussion at the "Dance For Peace." With: Kevin O'Neil, Matt McCauley, and Michael Pestel.
ROBERT NASTA  is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and educator.  He studied music at The Berklee College of Music, The State University of New York ( B. A., Music), Wesleyan University (M.A., Ethnomusicology, Experimental Music), and The Hartt School of Music (D.M.A., Composition, Music Theory). Additional “schooling” came from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Harry Partch, Allen Watts, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lao Tzu, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Anthony Braxton, Edgard Varese, and John Cage. Like many composers of his generation he has composed and performed in a wide variety of musical settings, and his work has been influenced by the whole of European/American concert music, as well as blues, jazz, and various musical traditions from around the world. In addition to composing for “traditional” instrumentation, Dr. Nasta has developed a repertory of work based on his exploration of the sonic properties of various found objects.
He has performed his compositions at numerous venues throughout the United States and has received grants from Meet the Composer, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and Arts In Education.  His music is recorded on The Sonic Utensil label, with additional recordings on Heffley Records, Didjeridu Planet, and World In One labels.  He has received commissions from the town of Otego, NY, and The Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College. In addition to his own work, he has featured the music of John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman, Earl Brown, Iannis Xenakis and James Tenney.
He has taught at the high school and middle school levels, The State University of New York, The Hartwick College Music Camp, and was a teaching fellow at the Hartt School of Music. A Lecturer in Music at Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT since 1999, Dr. Nasta also serves as the musical director for Artists for World Peace.

See more at:

MICHAEL PESTEL: For the past 18 years he has built architectural sound installations related to bird song and bird extinction. He has performed in those installations on flutes and various invented hybrid instruments and sound devices such as the birdmachine, pianotable, and birdrawingtable (please see glossary in the Fellowship Project Plan for a complete description). This work has been inspired and informed by his performances with living birds in aviaries, forests, parks, shrines, and bird preserves in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. …

With his increasing focus on bird sound and bird extinction as the center of gravity for my artistic projects, a more seamless world of thought and experiential practice has opened up. Catalog of Extinct Birds – a Binomial Requiem both extends the minimalist and contextual strategies of earlier work, and points him in a new direction of structured performance. This direction emerges not only from his thematic appreciation of birds, but also from a general insight best communicated through aesthetic experience. Our words — the very words that help us convert live experience into tame objects — can also serve as a profound and sensual vehicle for reconnecting us with the lost and the sublime.  Read the full story and bio about Michaal Pestel here:
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Karaoke w/ Deni Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:58:26 +0000 Karaoke w/ Deni

Wednesday, Oct. 12   7-9pm  FREE


Karaoke for all ages
Come one, Come all
Come find your favorites, let your heart sing out!
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annaita Sat, 29 Sep 2012 20:09:11 +0000 0 John Basinger: Paradise Lost Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:40:56 +0000 Sunday, April 1, 2012
2 pm

John will perform Book 3 from Paradise Lost.

John Milton’s epic poem comes to life when John offers his perspective and unique understanding.

Books are available to follow along.

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“Anything Goes” Open Mic Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:38:31 +0000 Monday April 2, 2012


7:30pm sign-up, 8:00pm start
Every Monday, $3-5 suggested donation – pay what you can


The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN!

This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails.

We have congas and a piano or BYO instrument. Ends around 9:30 – 10.

Refreshments available.

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Open Mic With Bob Gotta Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:36:20 +0000 Thursday April 5, 2012

Sign up starts at 6:00, Open Mic starts at 7:00    $3-5 donation

Meets EVERY First Thursday, 6:30 sign up 7:00 start… $5  Yoga class ends at 6:30 so the doors will open directly after that.
Every FIRST Thursday … Come play and be heard. Bring your own instrument or play our piano or congas… join the fun, express your Self!

Refreshments available.



Bob Gotta, a veteran emcee of Buttonwood’s Open Mic for 15 years, is pleased to host a new Open Mic
@The Flour Garden Bakery, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

The Bakery is at 900 Main St. South, in Oakville, CT. Enter from the back lot.

Located in a factory building at the corner of Rockdale Place (the second one of 2). The World Gym occupies the front of the building, Flour Garden is in the back, up the stairs on the right. There’s additional parking in the big lot out back.

Directions from 84 West: Take Route 8 North, take exit 35 on left. It’s approximately 3 miles to Rockdale Place (take a right into the 2nd one). where you go right continue to back of building, then left into parking lot.

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Sinan Bakir Jazz Trio Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:32:39 +0000 Saturday April 7, 2012

8 pm $10

Sinan Bakir – guitar, compositions
Matt Dwonszyk – bass
Cemre Dogan – drums

Sinan Bakir made a name for himself in today’s music scene with his unique, creative and exciting approach on the guitar. The sound that Sinan is striving for described often as fresh, clean and lively yet intense and full with emotion. His focused, laser-like lines and energetic playing derives melodies from his Turkish heritage. He is hailed not only as a virtuoso player, but also a masterful composer. Sinan’s trio album “On My Way”(2009) with Thomson Kneeland and Mark Ferber received great reviews from many respected jazz publications(All About Jazz, Jazz Review, Jazz and music critics all around the world.

Sinan’s early musical experience started with mandolin lessons then continued at the Ankara State Opera Children’s Choir. In his early teen years, after attending to a rock concert, he got inspired by the whole experience and find his call.Determined, he took some private lessons both for classical and electric guitar and later he began to unlock the secrets of the instrument by himself. During his college years he was teaching guitar privately and performing with various projects around Turkey. Being open minded and listening a variety of music from classical to avant-garde helped him developing his own sound and a clear vision for his musical direction. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in Engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. He draw attention on the music scene for himself by playing gigs around Connecticut and NY and getting involved with many musical projects. Sinan had many TV & Radio appearances such as Comcast’s TV series “Up and Coming”, “Accent on Jazz” at WWUH, Fox News and had international airplay from Canada through Europe. His album is featured on many radio shows and had notable airplay. Festival appearances include Hartford International Jazz Festival and New Haven International Arts & Ideas Festival.

Bakir’s inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus.
Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz

He is definitely on his way to becoming a creative voice in the world of jazz guitar.
John Vincent Barron – Jazz

Sinan has given us here is a blueprint of his soul, you’ll find eleven songs which embody a variety of shapes and tones.
Rob Young – Urbanflux

“On My Way” is a solid debut. It’s easy to put this music on and just let it play. The voice of the guitar one hears on the opening cut never wavers or falters throughout.”
Richard Kamins – Hartford Courant


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